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Hi folks, I am starting the C25K this evening, not having done any running in over 25 years. I previously ran a lot but with work, marriage and kids things got let go - a lot! I'm currently at 301 pounds and I'm very unhappy at this weight and corresponding level of fitness. Ideally I would like to be around the 220 mark, though I know that this is a long term goal and cannot be rushed, just like getting back into the running habit. I really used to love running and hope that this will kick start the habit again. I have read many, inspirational stories on here and I hope to replicate those of you who have achieved your goals. Any tips or advice will be greatly appreciated, especially when the going gets tough - as I know it must. I will keep up to date will all that's happening on the site and posting on my progress. Keep up the good work everyone!!
Congratulations on starting the C25K program. Even though I've never personally done the program, I have coached a few folks who've done it; the following are my standard tips on C25K success.
Once you've finished the C25K program:
Always keep in mind, during the C25K program and after, the key to improving your fitness and losing weight is to push your progress very slowly so as to allow your body to prepare itself to endure the rigors of more running. Rushing into running almost always ends up with injury.
I'm working on building up my mileage and losing weight. I've got about 50 pounds to lose. Today I ran 1 1/2 miles without stopping. I'd like to continue building my endurance and run the Myrtle Beach Marathon in February. I just signed up for a running challenge next month called August Million Miles Challenge. I've committed to running 100 for the month, to help the group log 1,000,000 miles for the month. That will definitely keep my motivated.
Comment #1: your post sounds like SPAM!
Comment #2: if you're really 50 pounds overweight and are serious about running a marathon, I would suggest you forget all about running a marathon in February 2015 and delay running the race until February 2016.
Well, d1w1 completed and iI have to say that I found the last three runs difficult. It probably didn't help that they were all uphill. Shipo, thanks for the advoce, I wish that I'd have seen it before I went out as my first few 60 second rund were probably too quick, which meant the last three were very tiring.
Still I am happy that I didn't stop and was able to finish. It makes me wonder though how will I be able to manage a full 30 minute run in 9 weeks; I suppose I'll have to wait and see.
Feeling a bit stiff in the legs today, but I'm putting that down to the fact that I haven't exercised in a long time and also that I have to run on roads as, unfortunately there is no trail nearby.
Anyways, onward and upwards to d2w1 tomorrow night.
Contratulations on your D1W1 workout.
Don't worry about nine weeks from now, that week will take care of itself when you get there (even if it takes a few extra weeks). The good news is that the human body is an amazingly adaptive machine, push it incrementally and slowly, and it will get stronger as you challenge it.
As for feeling a bit stiff, that's a good thing.
Week 1 - completed!! Although I found the going quite tough, I have to say that I'm chuffed for sticking at it and finishing all of the runs . I know that it's only the first week, but hey it's a start.
I'm not a particularly competitive person against other people but I am against myself, if that makes any sense, which means I probably push a little too hard for my current level of fitness. Over the three workouts I averagred around 2.3 miles and didn't take any more than the 30minutes. I will have to try anbd regulate my pace for future weeks as if I try to keep that pace up for the longer runs I think I'll be in trouble.
I suppose I'll have to wait and see. D1W2 starts tonight and I have to say I'm looking forward to it in a strange kind of way.